We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
2454 North McMullen Booth Road,
Clearwater, FL 33759
Phone: (727) 474-3768
Fax: (727) 754-5913
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Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun - Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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When was the last time you really took a close look at Florida's wild birds coming to your feeders? Many of us watch and enjoy their beauty every day, but how often do we deliberately look at them with an eye towards new discoveries?
It’s time to take a closer look! You will be amazed at the things you can observe.
Take the woodpecker that’s outside on the WBU suet cake; it’s probably the same one that’s been coming around for years. It’s an old friend, so what could you possibly see that you haven’t seen before?
Well, how about its kickstand? That’s for a bike not a bird…but don’t tell that to Florida's woodpecker. When you observe a woodpecker as it lands, you will notice that it uses its long tail feathers to prop itself up against the tree.
Just as a kickstand keeps a bicycle from falling over, the woodpecker’s tail keeps it from falling off the tree. The strong and stiff feathers absorb the force of the woodpecker’s hammering blows and help to firmly anchor it to the tree. Closer observation will also reveal that each of these unique feathers is tipped with a pointed spike. Similar in shape and function to a telephone lineman’s climbing spikes, the woodpecker digs them into the tree’s bark as it climbs.
The woodpecker’s unique tail is just one of it’s many adaptations you can witness as they visit your backyard habitat feeders. We would love to hear about your observations. Visit your local Clearwater/Safety Harbor Wild Birds Unlimited soon and we’ll make sure you have the expert advice and quality hobby products you need!
Florida's families opting to stay close to home this summer won’t have to travel any farther than their own backyards for fun and entertainment. Across the country, adult woodpeckers are introducing their young fledglings to a whole new world of experiences.
People who only feed the birds during the winter miss out on summer bird feeding fun and fascinating wild bird ‘family life’ activities. By mid-summer, Florida's woodpecker fledglings begin leaving the nest and are fed and taught to eat from feeders by their parents; a fascinating interaction to observe.
The health and growth rate of a woodpecker fledgling is determined by the amount of nutritional food it consumes. High-protein and high-calcium foods are especially important until a bird is full grown. Fledglings require a lot of protein to help them grow strong, properly-colored feathers and flight muscles.
Help Florida's wild birds with high-protein foods like mealworms, peanuts, Jim's Birdacious® Bark Butter® and suet. These energy-packed foods will entice Florida's wild birds back to your backyard habitat. The young birds will learn the location of your wild bird food and begin to make return trips on their own.
You can recognize Downy and other woodpecker fledglings by their fresh and dapper plumage, whereas that of the adults is worn and dusky from their repeated trips in and out of the nest cavity.
After a few weeks, the parents stop feeding their fledglings and may even peck at them if they persist in begging for food to get them to feed themselves.
With the molting process in full swing, Florida's woodpeckers are seeking the extra calories and protein that feeders can provide.
Visit your local Clearwater/Safety Harbor Wild Birds Unlimited soon and we’ll make sure you have the expert advice and quality hobby products you need to make friends with some of the cutest birds in the neighborhood.